New York Show: 5 bits of Brembo news that you are missing out on


 Maybe you won't go to New York, but do you want to know all the Car Show braking news? Here at Brembo, we've prepared a summary report for you.


​At the NEW YORK International Car Show, there never seems to be enough time to see everything. Visitors today an in the coming days will just have to accept it, because the 88th edition is no exception with its abundance of news: almost 1000 cars and trucks on display, about fifty of which being unveiled for the first time ever.

However, the NEW YORK Show is also a chance to see technologies of the future and particularly to see the increasingly important role played by electric driving, both on the road and in competitions.

And it is also an excellent way to get an idea of the best components available on the market, including braking system parts. This was the inspiring philosophy behind the Brembo stand, located in the Crystal Palace at the entrance to the show.

Those who have stopped by to visit, even for just a few minutes, noticed this and did not leave disappointed. For those of you, on the other hand, who have not had the time or have only followed the Car Show from the web, we thought we would condense everything that was available in our stand into 5 line items. ​



​1) Discover the new Brembo braking system for Formula E

If the future of cars is electric, Brembo wants to play prominent role in braking systems for both street legal and competition vehicles. This is why Brembo will be the exclusive supplier of the braking systems which will equip the cars in Formula E, the most important racing championship for electric vehicles, beginning from season 5 (2018/19) and for the subsequent two-year period for seasons 6 (2019/20) and 7 (2020/2021).

The new Formula E single-seaters, the first equipped with a battery that allows them to complete an entire race without a pit-stop, will all be fitted with Brembo braking systems: no small engineering feat for the need to design and develop from scratch the discs and carbon pads most suitable for these models.

 A Formula E single-seater, driver included, weighs 1,940 lbs (about 331 lbs more than the Formula 1 cars), has 18 inch wheels and sits 49.21 inches off the ground. All of this has an impact on the characteristics of the braking system, which must be perfectly sized to reduce braking distances to a minimum, but without weighing too much. ​



2) Understand how Brake by Wire works, the brake of the future

Brake by Wire, as we all know, is characterized by the replacement of hydraulic and mechanical mechanisms with electronically managed functions.
This system improves safety because the system is more powerful, thanks to regenerative braking, and it no longer has dragging torque. It also decreases CO2 emissions and optimizes energy consumption.

Since 2014, Brembo has successfully used Brake by Wire in Formula 1 and has also extended the application to a few street legal models. The latest version has further improved the already outstanding quality of the previous models.

In fact, the latest evolution ensures a system response time (Time To Lock) of 100 milliseconds, compared to the traditional 300-500 milliseconds. If you think about the fact that a car traveling 74.56 mph travels 12 yards every 300 milliseconds, you will realize how much this improvement can save lives or at the very least prevent costs due to accidents.

​ The new Brembo BbW also allows a drastic reduction in system development times, from a few months to a few weeks, therefore streamlining final tuning on the vehicle. Furthermore, our BbW maintains the parking brake built into the rear caliper, as well as the possibility for the driver to set braking sensitivity. ​​



​​3) Learn about the new Brembo caliper with a revolutionary shape​

Brembo engineers utilized improved topology optimization in creating this cast aluminum caliper for a road car. Topology optimization is a software tool that allows the user to simulate the stiffness of a component while identifying areas of excess material.

This software is often used in the geometric design of racing brake systems made from billet to develop components with optimized performance, stiffness and weight. A significant reduction of 400 grams per corner allows this caliper to reach the highest ratio of lightweight/stiffness ever for a cast aluminum caliper for road use.

The weight optimization ensures a decrease in unsprung weight, resulting in an improvement in the performance and behavior of the car, as well as a reduction in fuel consumption. The quality, functionality and attention to design of this caliper, enhances its ability to be matched perfectly to the shape and color of the exclusive cars for which it was designed. For this reason, it was Pagani’s first choice of brake equipment for the Huayra BC. ​



​4) Admire the caliper color choices

At one time, all brake calipers were a single color, the characteristic color of the material used to produce them. This was an oddity in the world of cars which for decades showed of colorful wheel rims, seats, steering wheels and even sound systems.

In order to overcome this limitation, in 1992 Brembo launched the first red colored calipers, laying the foundation for them to become true icons of design. Nowadays, Brembo makes calipers in more than 100 colors, several of which have become distinctive for some vehicle models.

Seeing them on the screen is one thing, but seeing them up close and live, as visitors did at the Geneva Car Show, is something else, because you can admire the quality and the paint finishes. This value increases even more as the months pass, because new shades are constantly being developed both at the request of car manufacturers and based on input from our engineers. ​



​5) Found out why Brembo is friends with the USA

Brembo, as you surely know, is a company with its roots in Italy. Nevertheless, there are several elements that bind Brembo to the United States and we like to remember them. First of all, the business: in fact, the NAFTA market is Brembo's most important market.

During the year 2017, more than a quarter of Brembo's turnover was achieved there (25.3%). The reason for Brembo's success in the USA is undoubtedly due to the quality of Brembo OEM braking systems which are a favorite choice among the best American car manufacturers.

From the Ford GT, Mustang and Focus to the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, obviously without overlooking the Dodge Charger, Challenger and Viper and Jeeps in the most extreme versions, such as the recent Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. This preference that American manufacturers have given to Brembo is also partially due to a very significant production presence in the USA which lets Brembo manufacture "Made In America" braking systems designed in close contact with the Detroit car manufacturers.

In fact, Brembo North America operates out of Homer, Michigan, producing and selling brake discs for the OEM and spare parts market, as well as high performance car braking systems.

Since 2010, the Research and Development Center has been open at the Plymouth, Michigan site for development and sales of new solutions in terms of material and design in the American market. ​


Last, but not least, motorsports: Brembo is not only in F1 and MotoGP, but also in NASCAR and IMSA. Brembo has also left its footprint in the most important American motorsports such as the most recent NASCAR championship, won by Martin Truex Jr in his team BassProShop Toyota Camry or the latest Daytona 24 Hours, where we won in all three categories.